ZeeB I Stand Here Ironing Storyboard

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  • Poverty
  • Femininity and the Working Class
  • Communication/ Language
  • Poverty is a relevant theme in "I Stand Here Ironing" because it is revealed how hard it is for the working class to get access to adequate necessitites.
  • Poverty
  • The theme of femininity reveals how the stereotype of traditional women roles are challenged as the narrator is a working class woman.
  • Femininity and the Working Class
  • The narrator is able to reflect on her life after a call from a school counselor and ultimately reveals that the absence of spoken words in the story doesn't mean an absence of thoughts or feelings from mother to daughter and vise versa.
  • Communication/ Language
  • "I was ninteen. It was pre-relief, pre-WPA world of depression" "It took a long time to raise money for her fare back"
  • "After a while I found a job hashing at night so i could be with her days, and it was better" "It was the only way we could be together, the only way i could hold a job"
  • "Even if i came, what good would it do? You think because I'm her mother i have a key, or that in some way you could use me as a key? She has lived nineteen years. There is all that life that has happened outside of me, beyond me"
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